Having been complaining back and forth to the doctors for the last 9 years or so since I had glandular fever I have never felt 'normal' again. I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome in 2009 but advised no help was available on the NHS.
Complaints have ranged from lethargy, thirst, feel like I'm burning up, trouble sleeping, twitching eye, stress, run down, loss of motivation, brain fog, pins and needles, mood swings, more recently panic attacks and palpitations.
It was only by coincidence I was reading an old nootropics book the other month called 'Smart Drugs' and there was a small section on hypothyroidism and Dr Broda Barnes and the temperature test. All made sense as I discovered my temp. was always low ~96f on waking.
The more reading I did the more I was convinced this was the only explanation that made any sense, having been back to the docs and getting 'normal' results I thought that can't be right. Lo and behold having obtained the actual results and paying privately for others all is becoming clear.
Free T4 = 13.6 pmol/L (10 - 24) Low!
Free T3 = 4.3 pmol/L (4 - 8.3) Low!
TSH = 0.62 mU/L (0.4 - 4.5) Irrelevant??
Serum folate = 3.8 ug/L (3.1-20) Low!
Serum ferritin = 29microg/L (15-300) Very Low!
Serum vitamin B12 = 680 ng/L (130-900) Not optimal
D3 = 37.7 Insufficient
Average daily temperature is low, currently ~97.4f which has however increased from ~96.8f. currently taking 4 Nutri Thyroid tablets a day split into 2 x 2.
Average daily temperature not within 0.3f of each other over a 5 day period, indicative of adrenal issues.
Adrenal Stress Profile here:
* sample 1 (8am) - 18.4 [it says normal is 12-22]
* sample 2 (noon) - 4.1 [it says normal is 5-9] so low
* sample 3 (4pm) - 5.6 [it says normal is 3-7]
* sample 4 (bedtime) - 1.5 [it says normal is 1-3]
My total for the day was 29.6 [normal is 21-41] so mid range.
My DHEA at sample 2 was 0.92, and at sample 3 was 1.31. Normal it says.
So all of my samples are normal aside from the noon which is low.
By my calculations I am in Stage 4 maladapted phase 2
"This zone represents a marginal cortisol output with reduced DHEA
levels reecting a minimal adrenal reserve. The production of the
precursor pregnenolone is usually limited and the adrenal cortex may
show hypertrophic changes. Under stress most patients in maladaptation
phase II will have a suboptimal response to stress. This suboptimal
response is any response not consistent with a normal diurnal cortisol
production pattern. This condition is usually the outcome of chronic and
protracted stress exposure."
Any thoughts where I should go next with my results??